Virat Kohli close to equalling MS Dhoni’s Test captaincy record

first_imgVirat Kohli is one win away from equalling MS Dhoni’s record of most wins as Indian Test captain. The 30-year-old currently has 26 wins from 46 matches while his predecessor had 27 wins in 60.Kohli took over as captain of the Indian Test team when Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game during the tour of Australia in 2014. He has since led India to victories over Australia, England and New Zealand at home and 2-1 and 4-1 losses in South Africa and England respectively.In 2018, Kohli led India to their first ever series win in Australia. A dominant Indian team beat Australia 2-1 to seal a historic win.Moreover, Kohli has switched gears with the bat since taking over the reins. He is the highest run scorer as captain for India with 4515 runs at a mind-numbing average of 62.7. He has scored 18 centuries in this period.The first Test against West Indies marks the two teams’ entry into the ICC World Test Championship. It will be played in North Sound, Antigua and starts on August 22.Also Read | Competition in Test cricket has gone up two-folds in last couple of years: Virat KohliAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies TestsAlso Seelast_img read more

NFL Teams Could Reportedly ‘Kick Tires’ On Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)In the decade he’s been at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly has attracted the attention of NFL teams on more than one occasion. Ultimately, he’s stayed put.Could the professional ranks come calling for Kelly again? One NFL insider thinks it is a legit possibility.Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, citing a discussion with a league scout, referred to Kelly as “underrated” and wondered if he could attract NFL attention once again.He’s in his 10th year at Notre Dame now. He’s a good bet to post his fifth 10-win season, and third straight. In the 16 years before his arrival, the Irish had just two 10-win campaigns. At the very least, he’s the best coach in South Bend since Lou Holtz. And I wonder if NFL teams kick tires on him again—despite the fact that some think he’s too much of a drill sergeant for the league.Kelly’s most noteworthy dalliance with the NFL came in 2013 when he spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly wound up hiring Chip Kelly. Kelly’s name has also been linked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears in the past. When he was mentioned in conjunction with the Bears’ opening in 2018, Kelly said coaching in the NFL “doesn’t appeal” to him.Things could always change. For the time being, Kelly will look to prepare his 10th-ranked Fighting Irish for a home game against Bowling Green this Saturday.October is a challenging month for Notre Dame, with rivalry games against USC and Michigan in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Country’s No. 9 Recruit For 2021 Names Final 10 Schools

first_img 1 Timothy 4:8 ..FINAL 10 ..— Emeka ‘21 🃏 (@emeka_egbuka) October 16, 2019The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Egbuka is the No. 1 rated athlete recruit, the No. 2 player in Washington and the No. 9 player nationally in the 2021 class.He projects as a wide receiver at the next level and has been compared to Pittsburgh Steelers star and former USC standout JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to 247Sports.“Projects as immediate Power 5 starter and future first-round NFL draft pick,” reads his 247Sports scouting report.While it is awfully early to predict where Egbuka will commit, Washington and Ohio State are the only two schools with picks in his 247Sports Crystal Ball. A generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonSteilacoom (Wash.) five-star athlete Emeka Egbuka is one of the top college football recruits in the 2021 class. He holds over 30 scholarship offers.Today, Egbuka trimmed his list down to 10 programs. His top 10 is virtually a who’s who of the top programs in college football.All of the Power 5 conferences are represented, with the Pac-12 being the most heavily featured.Egbuka’s final 10, in alphabetical order, consists of Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington.last_img read more

Germany says no to US request for ground troops in Syria

first_imgBerlin: Berlin said Monday it had no plans to send ground troops to Syria, refusing a US request for Germany to ramp up its military involvement in the fight against IS militants. “When I say that the government intends to continue with its ongoing measures in the framework of the anti-IS coalition, then that means no ground troops,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert. US special representative on Syria James Jeffrey told German media including the Die Welt newspaper Sunday that Washington wants Berlin to put boots on the ground in northern Syria. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingJeffrey, who was visiting Berlin for Syria talks, added that he expects an answer this month. The mandate for Germany’s participation in Syria runs out on October 31, meaning that parliament would be called on to decide what to do beyond that date. Seibert noted that Germany has “for years been making a significant and internationally acknowledged contribution” to fighting the Islamic State militants. Berlin is now in talks with the US on “how the engagement should develop further”, he added. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangWashington has two goals in northeastern Syria: to support the US-backed Kurdish forces that expelled IS from northern Syria because they are increasingly threatened by Turkey, and to prevent a potential IS resurgence in the war-torn country. The US is hoping Europe will help, pressuring Britain, France and now Germany, which has so far deployed surveillance aircraft and other non-combat military support in Syria. However Germany’s history makes military spending and foreign adventures controversial. Berlin sent soldiers to fight abroad for the first time since World War II in 1994, and much of the political spectrum and the public remains suspicious of such deployments. Besides Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner SPD, the ecologist Greens, liberal Free Democrats and Left party have all urged the veteran leader to turn down the US request for troops.last_img read more